Long before Cman's 13th birthday, a like-minded cousin told me about a scrapbook that she had seen, in her Creative Memories circles.
The book was a birthday present, made for a boy, that contained personal letters to him, written from the nine men whom he respected most. (The number of letters corresponded with the age of the boy.)
How much did I love this idea?!
Sometimes, my kiddo seems to listens to the words that come forth from my chocolate scented mouth. But how much MORE wisdom could he gain, with a book of letters, from the 13 men whom he respected most??
Now to get the list from him!
Thankfully, a few months before his birthday, we began taking some interesting walks together. Somehow or other, they became- "Ask me anything" walks. I was given permission to ask anything that I wanted to (???) which gave me the perfect opportunity to ask "Who are the 13 men you respect the most...?"
It took him a little while, but by the end of the walk, he had finalized his list and named the 13+ WOMEN whom he respected most, as well!
I contacted the men on the list and asked if they would be willing to contribute to the book.
I left the topics and format open ended, but suggested that they write encouraging, inspiring, words of wisdom, that Cman would be reading, for years to come.
100% of the men said "yes".
The variety of letters was fantastic.
Some wrote advice and special Bible verses.
Some were vulnerable and wrote of their difficult pasts.
One wrote a poem.
And many made the letters personal, commenting on Cman's strengths and weaknesses.
It was a beautiful collaboration.
Cman is now approaching 14.
Any guesses what he'll be getting?